By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 30 Comments
    What Is the Best Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

    The American College of Physicians has just made some important changes in its guidelines for treating lower back pain.  This condition is one of the most common reasons Americans seek medical care. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 12 Comments
    Why Is Olive Oil So Good for Your Heart?

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention, but scientists haven't known exactly why it works. A new analysis of data from a randomized trial shows why olive oil is so protective. The PREDI…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Are You Taking Too Many Mind Medicines?

    There is an alarming trend among senior citizens. More of them are taking multiple mind medicines. Over the last decade the number of older adults taking three or more psychiatric or pain medications …

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 16 Comments
    Show 980: Brain, Mind and Body in Healing from T…

    We often associate the term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" with military veterans. Indeed, war creates many traumatic experiences, but it is not the only source of reactions that may cause people to…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Save Money by Taking Zytiga with Breakfas…

    Food and drug interactions are often unpredictable. That is why people taking warfarin are counseled to avoid leafy vegetables that could reverse the effects of this anticoagulant. People with high ch…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 5 Comments
    What Do European Experts Think About Salt?

    American and European experts on cardiovascular disease disagree about salt. An article in the European Heart Journal recently pointed out that there is little or no evidence supporting the extremely …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 16 Comments
    Could Your Pain Reliever Harm Your Heart?

    Sometimes a health professional takes us to task for something we have said. We appreciate being corrected when we are wrong, but this time we have the research that backs up our warning: NSAIDs ar…

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2017 15 Comments
    The Secret Story Behind President Trump’s …

    A drug for promoting hair growth, finasteride (Propecia), is among the medications that President Donald Trump has been reported to take. That is what his longtime doctor told the New York Times. The …

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2017 8 Comments
    Food and Drug Interactions Are Important! Levoth…

    The next time you get a prescription from your physician that says "take once a day," stop! Do not accept such a vague instruction. Ask the prescriber what precisely that means and follow up with the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 6 Comments
    Can Sweating in the Sauna Help Your Brain?

    Isn't it wonderful when an experience that delights you turns out to be good for you as well? Finnish researchers have found that sweating in a sauna, a relaxing and sociable experience for most Fin…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 8 Comments
    Will Ashwagandha Ease Your Severe Arthritis Pain…

    People with persistent arthritis pain often find it difficult to get relief. The usual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen cause side effects wit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Your Antibiotic Interact with Your Blood Pr…

    Before you start taking any new medicine, it makes sense to ask about potential interactions with the drugs you are already taking. It is a good thing one reader asked about potential interactions be…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Ranitidine Have the Same Risks as a PPI?

    Americans must suffer from an awful lot of heartburn, because drugs to treat this painful condition have been best-sellers for a number of decades. The current favorites are proton pump inhibitors (PP…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 10 Comments
    What Is the Trouble with Vicks VapoRub?

    Vicks VapoRub is a venerable brand. It was developed by pharmacist Lunsford Richardson in Greensboro, North Carolina, not long before the turn of the 20th century. Richardson had a long last name and …

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 9 Comments
    Show 1068: What Do You Know about the Secret Lif…

    If you were to list the organs of the body, would it occur to you to include fat? Most people think of fat as a nuisance, an intruder or even an enemy to be overcome. But fat is crucial for normal phy…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Electronic Medical Record?

    There was a time when doctors had lots of time to listen. They weren't as rushed as they are today. They asked lots of questions, wrote notes in your paper chart and then took time after the interacti…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Fast Food Is Bad for You, and So Is the Wrapper

    Americans are beginning to recognize the hazards of fast food, but they might not realize that the packaging could also pose problems. What's in the Wrapper? A new study analyzed fluorinated compounds…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    Is BPA Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

    Many food containers are a source of a controversial chemical known as bisphenol A, or BPA. There has been concern that this agent used in clear hard plastic might be contributing to the obesity epide…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Yoga Ease Your Low Back Pain?

    Low back pain is a common problem, affecting about four-fifths of us at some point during our lives. Sometimes the pain puts people out of action for weeks. It may also become chronic and difficult to…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Get Your Exercise in Just 30 Minutes a We…

    Exercise is considered essential for good health, but many people say they just don't have enough time during a busy workday to go for a hike, bike or visit the gym. At the end of the week, they may h…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2017 10 Comments
    If Your Ears Are Ringing (Tinnitus) Could Your P…

    Tens of millions of people complain that their ears are ringing (tinnitus). It is a devastating condition that drives many people to distraction. Some even consider suicide because the constant hissin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 28 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine Disappearance Can …

    One of the most popular cough medicines in pharmacies for over 100 years was terpin hydrate. It was an expectorant, meaning that it was prescribed by physicians to loosen mucus and ease congestion. It…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 13 Comments
    Will an Exotic Vacation Clear Up Your Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly. As a result, people develop itchy red patches of skin, often covered in silvery scales. These can be unsightly, but…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of D…

    Many physicians are trained to believe that a good blood pressure (BP) is right around 120/80, regardless of age. Some aggressively prescribe several blood pressure medicines to achieve that goal. Ne…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Help You Get to Sleep?

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? Many people do. Some folks overcome their insomnia with prescription medication, but the side effects discourage many from taking drugs like zolpidem (Ambien) or es…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Treat Hashimoto’s Disease with Levo…

    Thyroid dysfunction is surprisingly common. Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is frequently the cause. The usual treatment, levothyroxine, under brand names or as a generic medicine, is amo…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 3 Comments
    How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

    People who suffer from repeated migraine headaches are usually very eager to find a way to prevent or abort them. There are prescription medications such as sumatriptan, of course. These can be very h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 10 Comments
    Show 1067: Should You Worry about OTC Sleeping P…

    In this show, we explore the stories behind some health headlines: the drawbacks of OTC sleeping pills and the best way to use them; whether arthritis drugs cause heart attacks; and how to afford a d…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Is Heading a Soccer Ball Bad for Your Brain?

    Heading a soccer ball too often could be bad for the brain. Neurologists have suspected this for some time. Now a study confirms the harmful effects. Heading a Soccer Ball: Researchers at Albert Einst…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Scientists Study Mice to Learn about Sleep

    Sleep is crucial for healthy brain function. Scientists reached that conclusion from a four-year study of mice. Their research delved deep into the physiology of neuronal connections. What Did the Stu…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 25 Comments
    How Can You Get Your Medical Records?

    Patients own their medical records. They may find it difficult or expensive to access that information, however. In past decades, doctors and hospitals stored patient information on paper forms. If a …

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 5 Comments
    Does Metformin Have Anti-Cancer Potential?

    There is increasing evidence that a very old drug for diabetes called metformin may have anti-cancer potential. What Is Metformin's Anti-Cancer Potential? Studies suggest that this inexpensive medicat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 2 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Strong Bones?

    Is there a connection between diet and osteoporosis? Women who want to keep their bones strong might wish to follow the best diet, which is an anti-inflammatory diet. What Is the Link Between Diet and…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    Unbearable itching after Stopping Antihistamines…

    This website is devoted to helping people make informed decisions about their health. To do that, people need information from health professionals and other patients. Over the years millions of peopl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 26 Comments
    How Soap Overcame a Scary Throat Spasm

    Many years ago, we heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps. We thought it was implausible, but after hearing from hundreds of people and trying it ourselves wi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 4 Comments
    Is Osteoporosis a Downside of Your Antidepressan…

    Balancing the benefits and the risks of a medication is essential to deciding whether or not to take it. This can be difficult, however. Sometimes we don't learn about serious side effects until after…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 17 Comments
    Orphan Drugs Have Become a Billion Dollar Bonanz…

    There was a time when people took care of orphans and widows. It was understood that these vulnerable individuals required compassion and assistance. The Bible urges us to look after orphans and widow…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Chronic Headaches

    If you suffer from chronic headaches, you would probably do nearly anything to prevent them. We know people who don't drink wine or eat chocolate because doing so might trigger a migraine. One reader…